Tuesday, January 10, 2006

The Mind

Difficult to detect and very subtle,
the mind seizes whatever it wants;
so let a wise person guard his mind,
for a guarded mind brings happiness.
Dhammapada 36

2 Comments:

Blogger Meredith said...

With you, I love to meditate on these simple yet powerful verses from the Dhammapada.

A guarded mind doesn't get sucked into each thought that floats by. With a little detachment, we see thoughts for what they are - the mind's preoccupation fluttering in the breeze. However, there is something worthy about engaging in the moments of our lives with a little gusto. There is pleasure and pain here that is meant to be experienced, felt, lived. Bringing awareness to each moment, we can see the beauty in the moment, and the ever-fresh quality of the passing breezes.

Thank you T,
~M

12:25 PM  
Blogger "James" said...

I like to see thoughts as clouds that arise and pass by without much more then that. We can get worried about the dark clouds but they too pass with time.

I also like the idea of waves crashing onto the rocks. We often find ourselves on the rocks of attachment to negative thoughts.

However, when we detach from the waves by climbing up to a "Higher Ground" we can see those same waves as beautiful, soft and without real mean-spiritedness.

4:05 PM  

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